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Committee of Safety to the Selectmen of Boston

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COMMITTEE OF SAFETY TO THE SELECTMEN OF BOSTON.

Cambridge, April 27, 1775.

GENTLEMEN: It is here currently reported, that General Gage gives out publickly that the Povincials fired upon his detachment before the Troops fired upon the Provincials. Such a report occasions astonishment and resentment, as there is the clearest evidence, not only that the Troops fired first at Lexington, and killed eight men there before our people fired one gun, and then marched several miles further, to Concord, and killed two men and wounded several others, before one gun was fired in that place by our men. He is a man, we trust, of too much honour to propagate such a false account, and has been scandalously deceived by his officers.

We think it probable that ten days may suffice for removing your persons and most valuable effects. We hope you will take care that your agreement is expressed in the most unequivocal terms. We take it that it is, not expected that we suffer any persons to remove into Town, besides such as mean to take up their residence there.

We are, &c.

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